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Central Services & Materials Management

What is a Central Services & Materials Management (CSMM) Technician?
The CSMM Technician oversees and manages the Central Services Department in a healthcare facility. Additionally, the CSMM Technician supervises individuals who work in sterile supply areas where instruments, supplies and medical equipment are processed, sterilized or disinfected, and distributed. Before a surgeon can make that initial incision, a team of skilled Central Services Technician professionals has worked diligently to ensure that each and every instrument is properly decontaminated, sterilized, well-functioning, and available when needed.

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) has produced a video titled "Central Sterile Supply Department: It All Starts Here".
Click on the arrow below on the video to view an eye-opening glimpse into the exciting, fast-paced – and critically important -- world of CSSM.


What is MassBay’s Central Services & Materials Management Certificate Program?
It iis a 3-semester course of study that includes 78 hours of classroom training and 200 hours of clinical training at a participating hospital. This course is taught by experienced, certified technicians. one evening per week, and begins at beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring, & Summer). The program consists of instruction in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and infection control, decontamination, sterilization, surgical instrumentation processing and limited material management. The clinical practice throughout the program is 200-hours and will be coordinated by the instructor at the college, and take place in various hospitals and ambulatory surgical settings throughout the greater Boston metropolitan area. Students are advised that the healthcare facilities to which they are assigned for clinical rotations may require that they submit to a criminal background check before beginning their clinical experiences. New students are accepted into the program on a rolling admission basis.

What Makes Central Services & Materials Management a good career choice?

  • Short-term Training: MassBay’s program is only 3-semester long, including both lecture and lab/clinical practice.
  • Solid Job Growth Prospects: In Massachusetts, this job is expected to grow 10% from 2008-2018.
  • Good Pay: Typical entry-level wage is approximately $60K - $90K annual.
  • Room for Advancement: A CSMM Technician can move up to become a CPT II, then III, and can advance to become a Supervisor or Manager.
  • Typical job benefits include medical and other insurance, 401(k) retirement savings plan, and some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

The Central Services & Materials Management program students who are in their last semester of their program are eligible for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) certifying examination. This examination is called Certification and Healthcare Material Management Concepts (CHMMC).

If you have any questions, please attend an upcoming health program information session. Check out our Info Session schedule and sign up today under "All Other Health Science Programs”. Or, contact Admissions at 508-279-4059 or